The NHA Builders set another milestone in their journey at the league of public servants.
The Builders defeated Season 5 champion PNP Responders with finals score 73 – 70 in the knock out battle for 3rd place last Sunday, March 3, at the Pasig City Sport Center.
In the first quarter, PNP Responders was in full control of the game with a comfortable seven-point lead, 18-11 with Anton Tolentino leading the charge.
But in the 2nd quarter, things turned around when the Builders produced a massive 28 points shooting 50 percent in the field, while the Responders had only 26 percent shooting percentage (17 pts).
PNP, in the 3rd period, got into foul trouble giving the NHA 11 points from the free throw line.
But in the final period, PNP shot slightly better than NHA. They were able to cut the lead to just 1 point, 71-70, in the last 25 seconds of the game through the play made by Anton Tolentino and Harold Sta. Cruz.
With 9.55 seconds left, Marvin Mercado got fouled and missed two free throws but through the hustles of John Derrick Dizon and Waldemar Tibay the ball was passed to Alvin Vitug.
Vitug was then fouled and converted two free throws.
PNP had the chance to tie the game to 73-73 when they designed a three-point play for Ollan Omiping with only 2.03 seconds left on the clock.
But through the tough defense of Alvin Vitug and reinforcement from Sherwin Crisostomo, the PNP’s “The Sniper”, failed to connect the shot from the corner.
Best Player of the Game awardee, Alvin Vitug registered 31 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist and steal.
While valuable support came from Marvin Mercado’s 16 points and 10 rebounds, John Derrick Dizon’s 11 points and 8 rebounds, Antonio Lustestica’s 6 points and 11 rebounds, and Waldemar Tibay’s 9 points and 7 rebounds.
NHA Builders Head Coach Silverio “Benett” Palad said, “Lagi kaming 4th ngayon 3rd naman, one step higher so maybe season 8 lumaban na kami sa championship.”
“Ngayon nagkakaroon na sila ng konting teamwork and unity. Nagkakaroon din ng konting confidence saka nawawala na yung init nila ng ulo yung emotional nila sa mga referees,” he added.
(We always end as 4th placer when we enter the final 4. It’s one step higher, so maybe in season 8 we will compete for the championship.
Now, my players are starting to have a little teamwork and unity. They’re also building confidence and they are not hot-headed and emotional anymore with referees’ calls.)
PNP Responders Coach Juven Formacil said, “Though lumaban nga, na short pa rin kami sa depensa namin. Yung adjustment namin nag-click naman pero breaks of the game, di namin mako-control yun eh.”
(We fought but we came up short in our defense. Our adjustment clicked but we can’t control the breaks of the game.)
With this win, NHA Builders will be able to donate the P1,000,000 cash prize to their team’s chosen beneficiary, the NHA Provident Funds.
PNP gets P500,000 cash prize for their team’s chosen beneficiary, the Public Assistance for Rescue, Disaster and Support Services (PARDSS) Foundation International, Inc.
Meanwhile, in the game between Senate vs AFP, the AFP was trailing behind Senate all throughout the game with 11 points Senate lead from the 3rd quarter until the 1:29 of the 4th quarter, when they took the lead via Eugene Tan’s 3 points shot, 74-73.
And then the momentum shifted to AFP’s favor.
AFP is one win away from claiming their 3rd championship title via UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals, while the Senate Defenders will have to win the next two games to be able to make history of becoming the first team to win two-consecutive championship title yet.
Watch Game 2 of the best of three finals on March 11, 2019, Monday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and on UNTV channel, Facebook and website. — Bernard Dadis with contributions from Raymond Lacsa
NHA (73) — A. Vitug 31, M. Mercado 16, J. Dizon 11, W. Tibay 9, A. Lustestica 6
PNP (70) — A. Tolentino 21, O. Omiping 15, H. Sta. Cruz 9, R. Cabrera 7, J. Misola 5, R. Villanueva 5, R. Abaya 2, R. Decena 2, R. Serrano 2, A. Bayabao 2
Quarterscores: 11-18, 39-35, 57-52, 73-70
AFP (76) — E. Tan 18, D. Cordero 16, B. Bautista 15, J. Lumongsod 14, R. Pascual 6, W. Casulla 5, J. Quiambao 2
SENATE (73) — J. Sanders 24, G. Sevilla 18, M. Legaspi 10, J. Mangaran 8, R. Balboa 7, H. Ng 4, M. Omega 2
The two-time champion Judiciary Magis will move to UNTV Cup’s 2nd round of elimination after it defeated the season 5 champion PNP Responders in their do-or-die match last Sunday at Pasig City Spots Center, 78-72.
Former professional basketball player Warren Ybañez led the Magis with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
According to Warren, one of their secrets in winning this game is trust.
“Sinabi lang namin […] trust our team mates, magtiwala sa kakampi, dumipensa, mananalo kami sa game na ito,” BPG Warren Ybañez said.
While according to Coach Joey Yabut, their zone defense was effective that’s why their players were not exhausted.
“Ang ginawa namin conditioning noong Friday. Ang sabi ko lang sa kanila last game na natin ‘to kung di tayo mananalo, mas mahaba ang pahinga, siguro lahat ng lakas nila inilabas nila ngayon.”
For the PNP Responders, SPO3 Anton Tolentino Jr led the team with 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block with the support from 2-time MVP Olan Omiping with 17 points.
As for the fate of the whole PNP Responders team next season, Coach Eric Samson said he is leaving it up to the PNP management.
“As of now, mare-reflect namin yung mga pagkakamali especially this game di ba? So sa mga sumusuporta sa PNP Responders, keep supporting us, next year, babalik yung team na ito sigurado,” the head coach of PNP Responders said.
With this win, Judiciary Magis advances to the next stage of the competition while the PNP Responders bid farewell for the meantime together with GSIS Furies for Group B.
In the other games, PITC Global Traders will also proceed to the 2nd round elimination of UNTV Cup after beating the Ombudsman Graft Busters with final score of 87-70.
With this victory, PITC will join PhilHealth, Agriculture and AFP to the next phase of the tournament while the Ombudsman Graft Busters and SSS Kabalikat will go on early vacation in preparation for the next season in the league of public servants, UNTV Cup. — Bernard Dadis
Game 1: PITC def. Ombudsman , 87-70
PITC 87 – Taplah 26, Vasallo 17, Juan 12, Regalado 11, Martin 10, Lopez 8, Gecale 3
Two former champions will settle the dispute over who will advance to the next elimination round of UNTV Cup, the league of public servants.
On Sunday (November 17) at 4:30 PM at Pasig City Sports Center, the Judiciary Magis will face PNP Responders as both teams fight for dear life.
Having a slow start, both of them have a record of 1 win and 3 loss. Their final game at the first-round elimination will determine which team will take the remaining slot in Group B for the next stage of the competition or which will go on early vacation together with GSIS Furies.
PNP Responders head coach Eric Samson said, “Hopefully makapasok kami sa next round. Yung mga lapses namin doon namin kailangang tumutok. Ang dami naming lapses eh aral pa kami kung ano pa dapat naming aralin sa depensa at opensa namin sa hardcourt.”
Last season the PNP Responders finished 4th place while the Judiciary Magis finished 8th.
Meanwhile in the first game, it’s also a do-or-die situation between the PITC Global Traders and the Ombudsman Graft Busters as there will be a triple-tie with PhilHealth Plus.
Should PITC win, the Ombudsman will be eliminated together with SSS Kabalikat and the PhilHealth Plus will advance together with PITC Global Traders. But if the Graft Busters win by more than 15 points, the team will advance to the 2nd round together with PITC and the PhilHealth will be dropped together with SSS. – Bernard Dadis
The DENR Warriors defeated the multi-season finalist Malacañang-PSC Kamao in the main game of UNTV Cup’s Sunday triple-header at Pasig City Sports Center.
With a final score of 80-77, the Warriors ended Kamao’s four-game winning streak.
The tandem of Ed Rivera (22 points, 8 rebounds) and Arturo Atablanco (5 points 4 rebounds and 7 assists) led DENR to victory.
While Desederio Asyon Jr listed 12 points and 10 rebound, Melvin Bangal gathered 17 points and Ralph Lansang contributed 14 points.
John Michael Jimenez’ 19 points, Jeffrey Punzalan’s 17 points and Eric Dela Cuesta’s 15 points all went down the drain.
The 13-0 run in the first 5 minutes of the first quarter was also substantial to Warriors’ victory.
“Lapses namin sa defense lalo na sa offense, nag-struggle kami noong first half, binigay namin laro ng DENR,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzalez admitted.
While DENR Warriors Head Coach Atty. Norlito Eneran said, “Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga players kasi they responded well. Ang challenge ko sa kanila ibigay natin yung laban na ito para sa aming kasamahan na namatay in line of duty, yun ay si Rolando Corpuz. Nabaril siya dahil sa paggampan ng tungkulin.”
To date, DENR Warriors are leading the Group B with 4-0-win loss record while the Kamao slides down to 4-1.
In the other games, AFP Cavaliers is ruthlessly reigning over the Group A of UNTV Cup after defeating its last opponent, the Ombudsman Graft Busters, at the 1st round elimination with final score of 92-74.
With a 5-0-win loss record, the Cavaliers advances to the 2nd round eliminations.
Wilfred Casulla with 18 points was hailed as Best Player of the Game together with Jerry Lumongsod with 17 points.
“Hindi pa naman doon natatapos yung trabaho namin. So, we have to prepare sa second round,” CPL Cornelio Sonny Manucat III, AFP Cavaliers head coach, said.
Concurrently, the PhilHealth Plus moved to a better position in a bid to advance to the second-round elimination after defeating the rookie team SSS Kabalikat, 104-80.
PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron said, “Itong panalo na to idini-dedicate namin sa aming beneficiary PhilHealth Provident Fund.”
With a 2-3-win loss record, the health insurers are in the 4th place of Group A in the league of public servants while the Ombudsman Graft Busters are on the 5th place with 1-3 ranking.
At the games between PITC and Ombudsman on November 17, 2019, it is possible to have a multiple-team tie ranking.
Should PITC win, the Ombudsman will go on early vacation. On the other hand, if Ombudsman wins by more than a 15-point lead, they will advance to the 2nd round and PhilHealth will be dropped. Otherwise, the PhilHealth will take their seat going to the next level. — Bernard Dadis
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